Assemblyman Mike Feuer today officially announced his candidacy for city attorney of Los Angeles in March 2013.
Feuer, who represents a district that includes Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Village and part of North Hollywood, first filed papers to raise money for his candidacy in September.
Attorney Gregory Smith, who has represented Los Angeles police officers and firefighters in lawsuits against the city, is also running for the office.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich .
If elected as the city's top prosecutor, Feuer said he would work to provide "secure neighborhoods, innovative solutions to our toughest problems, and a city government that inspires confidence and trust."
He said he would also focus on gang prevention.
"I'll do all I can to bring energy, vision and integrity to the job," he said.
Feuer reported raising $345,000 through Dec. 31. Smith gave his campaign $100,000 of his own money.
Feuer was on the Los Angeles City Council from 1995-2001, when he lost a race for city attorney to Rocky Delgadillo.
He was elected in 2006 to the Assembly, where he chairs the Assembly Judiciary Committee and is the Democrats' policy leader in the lower house.
Feuer recently introduced two bills in the Assembly aimed at accelerating funding for Los Angeles County transit projects. One bill would extend the length of the Measure R half-cent sales tax beyond its current 30- year life-span, and the other would add urban rail transit projects to the list of development types eligible to receive special legal protection from state environmental review challenges.
Feuer's professional origins are as a lawyer providing pro bono legal assistance to elderly and disabled clients, according to his website.